Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Paul Vinogradoff') and two Typed Letters Signed ('P. Vinogradoff') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Sir Paul Gavrilovitch Vinogradoff [Pavel Gavriilovich Vinogradov] (1854-1925), Anglo-Russian historian and jurist
Publication details: 
Typed Letters, 24 September and 2 October 1915, both from Court Place, Iffley, Oxford; Autograph Letters, 13 February and 12 March 1924, both on letterhead of 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford.
SKU: 6279

All items very good. The typed letters are both 4to, 1 p, and the autograph letters both 12mo, 1 p. Three items bear the Society's stamp. Letter One (typed, 24 September 1915, 10 lines): He will have 'great pleasure in addressing the Society of Arts', but there is 'one point which must be settled carefully beforehand'. 'Towards the end of November I will publish a book on Russian self-government and it would be out of the question for me to prepare a lecture on entirely different lines.' He proposes addressing the Society 'on the subject of "the Evolution" of Russia using some of the materials of the book for that purpose.' The address 'must precede the publication of the volume'. Suggests a date. Letter Two (typed, 2 October 1915, 10 lines): His publishers 'do not raise any difficulty' over publication after 24 November. 'This being so, I shall be much pleased to lecture to the Society of Arts on the "Evolution of Russia"' on that date. Confusing his correspondent with the founder of 'the Proms' Sir Henry Joseph Wood (1869–1944), Vinogradoff writes 'I have often had occasion to admire your conducting at the concerts in Queen's Hall, and I should be delighted to make your personal acquaintance. Perhaps we might lunch at the Athenaeum on some Tuesday, as I have generally to be in town that day.' Letter Three (autograph, 13 February 1924, 6 lines): Thanking Wood for 'the pleasant news about the Swiney Prize'. He is 'much honoured by the fact that my name has been added to a list of very distinguished predecessors'. Letter Four (autograph, 12 March 1924, 8 lines): Wonders whether 'there has been a change in the arrangements' since Wood wrote 'informing me that the Swiney Prize had been awarded to me and that I would receive a remittance for £100 in a few days and a cap later on'.